Archive - Jan 2014 - News Article
Grace Eisenman of Ridgway donates at Community Blood Bank's blood drive on Wednesday, Jan. 15 at the Courthouse Annex in Ridgway. Community Blood Bank will be holding another drive at Elk Regional Health Center on Feb. 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
After three years of prayerful study the Benedictine Sisters of Elk County agreed to move forward with plans to close St. Joseph Monastery in St. Marys.
According to a press release, issued on Tuesday afternoon, stated this decision was made on Monday.
As the work of closing moves forward not all the questions have been answered and much work remains.
The Dynamic Dance Competition Company, DDCC, of April School of Dance in St. Marys is excited to begin their competition season this weekend.
The company, directed by Jennifer Blankenship of Kane, will travel to Pittsburgh to attend DanceMakers, Inc.
The St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors approved an array of items during their Monday evening meeting, of which was the hiring of Anthony Defilippi as the head variety football coach for the 2014-15 school year at a cost of $4,402. Defilippi has held the position in the past.
Also approved was a LERTA application from Creekside Hospitality, LLC located at 1215 Million Dollar Hwy. in Kersey for the construction of a 65-room hotel and parking lot to be located along Depot Street in downtown St. Marys. Todd Hanes was listed as the applicant.
The school calendar in the St. Marys Area School District will be changed using April 25 as a make-up day for the Jan. 7 snow day.
On the 2014-15 school year calendar, these five dates are listed as local holidays: Nov. 28, Dec. 1, which are the Friday and Monday following Thanksgiving; Wednesday, Dec. 24 and Friday, Dec.26; and April 3 (the Friday before Spring Break).
RIDGWAY â€“ The Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous, now in its 15th year, will run from Saturday, Feb. 22 to Saturday, March 1, and event organizers Liz and Rick Boni are anticipating its arrival.
Several suggestions were offered by St. Marys City Councilman Greg Gebauer on numerous subjects during their most recent meeting. Of those were revisiting the downtown parking issue, having the City Manager attend Municipal Authority meetings and scheduling upcoming executive sessions.
"The last two years I've been on council we have had a lot of discussion about parking in the town, Gebauer said. "I still get a lot of comments from citizens and business owners, both pro and con."
The cold weather did not stop area residents who took the ultimate winter challenge as they braved the frigid water as part of the Medix Hotel eighth annual Polar Bear Plunge.
A proposal to install an artificial turf football field at St. Marys Area High School was detailed by Terry Straub, student activities director, during this week's St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors meeting.
The estimated cost of the project stands at $768,000 from ELA Sports with a minimum 12-year life. This is compared to replacing the current field with natural grass at a cost of $150,000 including drainage, irrigation and leveling from Hoopes Turf Farm.
In addition to ringing in the new year, the first week of January also marked the kick off of the Girl Scout Cookie Program, an annual tradition many look forward to.
Girl Scout cookies are among the most well-known brands in the world, but few know about the important skills girls learn from the program including goal setting, money management, decision making, people skills, and business ethics
These are skills that girls use throughout their lives to help them excel, exceed and lead. No university has produced as many female business owners as the Girl Scout Cookie Program.